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Brazilian Police swarm Rio slums in search of gang rape suspects

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro police have swarmed two slums scanning for suspects in the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old Brazilian girl who said more than 30 men assaulted her in a case that shocked the nation set to host the Olympics.

More than 70 officers used helicopters, armored vehicles and dogs to enter the slums, but there was no word if any suspects had been captured in the operation.

In the five days since a video of the rape was posted by an alleged perpetrator on Twitter and set off a wave of outrage, police have brought in five persons for questioning, but have made no arrests.

Police said there are all the indications that the gang rape occurred on May 21, but they could not yet confirm how many took part.

Over the weekend, women and men marched in several cities to demand justice and decry sexism in Brazilian culture.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in downtown Rio on Friday night waving signs saying “Machismo kills” and “No means no”.

In Sao Paulo, protesters erected a mural with messages including “My body is not yours” and “I like to wear necklines, that’s not an invitation to rape me”.

A Supreme Court judge lashed out at a pervasive macho culture that permits such barbaric acts.

“Each and every woman is a victim,” Justice Carmen Lucia said in a written statement.

“Our bodies are tormented, our souls are trashed. That is what these criminals think and do, and they must quickly be held accountable.”

The reported rape came to light in a video of the nude, semi-conscious youth, with a few men brazenly insulting the girl, showing their faces, and one man heard saying, “more than 30 impregnated her!”

The Twitter account where the video was posted has since been suspended.

In an interview with Rio’s O Globo newspaper, the victim said she wanted to see justice done so no other person would have to go through a brutal assault she said she suffered.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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